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SF Beer Week ’09 Open Thread for Thursday

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 10:24 am in what's on tap.

Thanks to Jesse’s post and pictures yesterday on Beer and Nosh, it’s obvious the Russian River sours were showing quite well at Toronado, and that I missed one heck of a food spread. Weisswurt with curried ketchup, anyone?

I was particularly interested in Jesse’s points about the Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale. He describes the Flanders Red style ale as “sturdy and malty, with a sour finish, but almost no farmhouse funk. The beer is perfectly balanced, with an interplay of roasted malt, hints of brown sugar, and a tart finish that hides all of the alcohol.”

Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale

It cost $50 a bottle, and while that floored me at first, he makes a great point: compared to the mark up of wine in restaurants, which he puts at 150% above retail but it can actually be twice that, this eBay-worthy beer was being sold for less, and for a rare and barrel-aged bottle. “All of that process and storage costs a lot, and it’s reflected in the bottles cost, but also it’s flavors,” he writes. Excellent points.

I’m learning a lot and thank you all for contributing to the open threads and keeping Bill’s community alive. I have great respect and admiration for him. I sit next to another fine columnist, blogger and community builder here at the Times, Gary Bogue, and we chat about Bill and his progress several times a day.

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  • Gail Williams

    Nice quote from Jesse’s Beer and Nosh blog. Jesse produced a beer dinner event himself last night — hoping to hear some comment about that someplace! Jay Brooks recapped some events, and also posted a little news about Bill, alas still in intensive care, here:

    I liked his suggestion that we continue to toast Bill at 7:00 at all the Beer Week events, or wherever we may be. Come on Bill, we are all pulling for you.

  • Tim Kingston

    I would like to wish Bill the best and send him get well wishes, any idea how to do that?